I came up with the concept for the front of the invitation. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was inspired by all of the letterpress artwork that I was checking out on Design*Sponge. I might have been thinking about the circus too. And maybe the golden ticket.
I wish we could have had long cards that read "INVITATION" instead of "INVITE," but we were limited by the size of envelopes we could find in town. We ended up buying gold cards and envelopes at Island Blue.
I'm all about taking the easy way out, so I was ready to print the cards at Island Blue too, but Michael decided to do it at home. This turned out to be a bit of a nightmare because our printer had a hard time figuring out how big the cards were, but it all worked out in the end (with minimal cursing). Most of the invitations were red on the front, but some were blue.
Because he's a glutton for punishment, Michael printed the envelopes too. They were cute, but I forgot to take a photo before we sent them away.
We decided to keep the invitation text simple, following the standard birthday party invitation format:
For: Michael & Erin's Wedding
Date: Saturday April 11, 2009
Time: Ceremony at 7:30, Cocktail party to follow
To RSVP, guests were asked to send postcards from their city of residence. You can see a photo of how that turned out here.
We were able to keep our invitations simple because our wedding was so small; there was no need for a map or hotel information because we were in contact with everyone who was coming. Also, we didn't register anywhere, so we didn't need to worry about those details.
We didn't make our thank you cards, if you're wondering (we got some of them here), but that hasn't hastened the thank you card writing process. We have a lot of gratitude, but we also have a lot of distractions.